iPhones to replace room keys at select Starwood hotels

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The international hospitality chain, Starwood, has two boutique hotels that will soon let travelers bypass the check-in counter and unlock their room by using digital keys sent to a special application available for Apple’s iPhone.

 

 

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The internet population in China hit 618 million in 2013 with 81% connected via mobile internet

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Mobile Internet users increased year-on-year by 80 million people in China.

China is become an increasingly connected country aided not least by the growth of mobile internet access. Last year, China ended up with 618 million Internet users and 500 million mobile Internet users, according to a report published by state-affiliated research organization China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC), spotted first by Tech in Asia.

 

 

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Nanoport lets you connect and and charge your devices with magnets

Nanoport’s magnetic links will let people attach two phones together for a single larger screen.

Nano Magnetics, a magnetic toy maker, announced a technology Tuesday called Nanoport. The Nanoport is designed to let people link small phone displays into a single larger one, snap phones onto car dashboards, and easily link them to other devices.

 

 

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Ascent Solar debuts solar powered battery for smartphones

Ascent Solar Technologies EnerPlex solar charging products.

Ascent Solar Technologies Inc is a developer and manufacturer of state-of-the-art, flexible thin-film photovoltaic modules integrated into off-grid applications as well as the EnerPlex(TM) series of consumer products. The company has debuted new additions to their EnerPlex product lineup, including the Surfr battery and solar case for the iPhone 5 and 5s as well as additional solar products and charging accessories, at CES 2014 in Las Vegas.

 

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Top 13 amazing tech inventions you might have missed in 2013

In 2013, the tech world gave us plenty talk about. We can build smarter robots. We can 3D-print pretty much anything. Tablet wars are still going strong, Snapchat is still a thing, and now we can binge-watch our favorite TV shows in more ways than ever before. (Videos)

 

 

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Will the Internet of Thing replace the web?

Apple stores can already pinpoint your location with unprecedented accuracy.

2014 will be the year that the “internet of things”—that effort to remotely control every object on earth—becomes visible in our everyday lives. But most of us don’t recognize just how far the internet of things will go, from souped-up gadgets that track our every move to a world that predicts our actions and emotions.

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PowerUp 3.0 – A paper airplane controlled by your smartphone

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Scientists have spent so much time making amazing airplanes, such as this solar-powered one that flew cross-country using the power of the sun. But, for all that great work, there’s been surprisingly little work in the creation of better paper airplanes. Luckily, PowerUp 3.0 fixes this oversight.

 

 

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SmartWig – Sony’s bizarre concept of using wigs to connect wirelessly to smartphones

Sony’s SmartWig

Sony’s patent for a “SmartWig” is a strange concept that leaves you scratching your head. While tech companies are chasing the smartwatch and eyeglass form factors for the future of wearable computing devices, Sony’s exploring the possibility of using wigs that connect wirelessly to smartphones.

 

 

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Smartphones with larger screens use 44% more data

Smartphones with larger screens use more data.

Your WiFi and data consumption will probably be higher if your smartphone has a large screen compared to a device with a smaller screen. In fact, monthly WiFi and cellular data consumption on smartphones with screens 4.5 inches and larger is 44 percent greater than it is on smartphones with screens under 4.5 inches, at about 7.2GB and 5.0GB respectively.

 

 

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20 expert predictions for the future of customer service

“Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.” ~ John F. Kennedy

Preferences and expectations are changing and growing among consumers just as quickly as advancements in technology, encouraging (if not demanding) that brands embrace a strategy of non-stop adaptation to the next generation and the next big thing.

 

 

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